44% Of Teens Lie About Their Age Online
Social networking on other online activities have always been difficult to police, especially when it comes to maintaining the right age-related restrictions. The accepted minimum age for most types of participation online is 13 and many users have had to lie about their age to take part in certain levels of participation.
This lying is to be expected to a certain degree because even grown folks lie about their location and other key information when joining most sites these days. But the level at which teens go to lie about their age is another matter entirely. According to a recent study, 44% of teens lie about their age to get on sites like Google+, Twitter and Facebook. By itself you might think “so what?” When you consider however, that 76% of teens from 12 – 17 use the internet, the scale of lying becomes quite alarming, and definitely a cause for concern.
In other words, there a very large chunk of users on Facebook and Google+ who are underage and have no business being there. It’s worth remembering here too that there are people on the internet who don’t have the best intentions towards young people and so by not having the proper facts to help protect teens, serious things can happen.
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